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In Islamic Studies, a World of Students Share Insights

The Religion Department’s Islamic Studies program is attracting a diversity of students from around the globe—including a host of young people from Muslim nations.

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We are a diverse faculty of a dozen scholars dedicated to the academic study and teaching of religious traditions. Given the importance of religion in current events, our courses give students crucial knowledge for understanding the complexity of our world. Equally important, they also help students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to comprehend the role that religions play in the lives of individuals, communities, and the world. In our courses, students learn about religion in its historic and contemporary dimensions through the close reading of important texts, vigorous discussion, and intensive writing. Renowned for exemplary undergraduate teaching, our department encourages students to develop academically as individuals and as part of a larger intellectual community.

Our Religion majors and minors enjoy a wide variety of career paths upon graduation. Religion majors who graduate from The George Washington University pursue successful careers in law, medicine, and teaching. They are also equipped to pursue careers in various government agencies and NGOs, especially those focused on international affairs, given the central role that religion now plays in this discipline. The knowledge and skills that students gain through our courses enable them to engage in our increasingly globalized world with insight  and understanding. Of course, graduates of our program are well-prepared for graduate studies in Religion. Indeed, many have successfully gone on to pursue careers in the academic world or as religious professionals.

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Meet the Chair

Irene Oh

Irene Oh is Associate Professor of Religion and former director of the Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Program at The George Washington University. She is the author of The Rights of God: Islam, Human Rights, and Comparative Ethics (Georgetown 2007) and is currently working on a book on ethics in the world’s religions. 

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